From China Watch:
China’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) has launched a new energy conservation guide for citizens in an effort to promote the twin goals of saving energy and reducing emissions. The guide, printed on recycled paper, discusses 36 categories of household living where people can reduce their energy use, from housing and eating to commuting and laundry. For each category, it provides the amount of energy savings from taking specific actions as well as the associated reductions in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, based on a MOST study.
The guide illustrates how small changes in lifestyle can lead to significant energy savings. For example, buying one less item of fashion clothing each year can save roughly 2.5 kilograms of coal equivalent and reduce CO2 emissions by 6.4 kilograms. Other “green” tips include choosing energy-efficient washing machines and refrigerators, using compact fluorescent light bulbs, developing solar power and methane energy in rural areas, and cycling or taking public transportation instead of driving. Consumers can also save energy by cutting back on drinking and smoking, the guide notes. [Full Text]